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Catalyst Race Series

Touch of Nature hosts several community-focused events annually that highlight the excitement of outdoor education while showcasing the natural beauty of our 3400 acres.

These events help us fulfill parts of our mission, including enhancing experiential learning and increasing environmental awareness.

Touch of Nature is committed to offering our participants safe, fun, and enjoyable experiences devoted to equity, inclusion and diversity. 

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Catalyst Race Series

Catalyst Race Series

The Catalyst Race Series is back in 2023 with two exciting races planned to take place this fall at Touch of Nature. Visit the Catalyst Race Series here for information on each race.

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Little Grassy Get Down 

October 6-8, 2023

The Little Grassy Get Down is returning for its second year at Touch of Nature. This family-friendly music festival features mostly original acoustic Americana music from around the Midwest. Check out the Little Grassy Get Down event page to learn more.


Maple Syrup Festival

March 25-26, 2023

Enjoy two full days of family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, pancake breakfast, nature hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children's activities, vendors and artisans, and much more. Learn more about Maple Syrup Festival here